The Rockies are asking the moon for starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which they have the right to do given his recent success and team-friendly contract. But the Yankees don’t seem interested in unloading their farm system, and neither do the Red Sox and Reds.
Perhaps a different suitor will yield a match.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Indians have joined the hunt for Jimenez and are believed to be “strongly in the mix” to land him.
Cleveland is aiming to make a high-impact deal at this week’s deadline in order to remain afloat in the American League Central. The Tribe even made a hard run at Carlos Beltran before he nixed the trade.
Jimenez, 27, has registered an underwhelming 4.20 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 122 innings this season, but he was a legitimate ace in 2010 for Colorado and is owed only $4.2 million in 2012. His contract also includes inexpensive options for 2013 ($5.75 million, $1 million buyout) and 2014 ($8 million, $1 million buyout).
The Red Sox are expecting to go to an arbitration hearing with left-handed reliever Fernando Abad, per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said there was a “decent chance” a hearing would be necessary after countering Abad’s $2.7 million request with $2 million.
Abad, 31, pitched just 12 2/3 innings for Boston after the club acquired him from Minnesota at the trade deadline last season. The lefty earned a cumulative 3.66 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 7.9 SO/9 for the two teams in 2016. He received $1.25 million in 2016 and will remain under club control (through arbitration) in 2017. A $2.7 million salary would be a hefty increase for the veteran reliever, who has seen a significant decline since he put up a 1.57 ERA for the Athletics in 2014 and who has not amassed more than 0.6 fWAR in any single season to date.
While the Red Sox aren’t close to settling with Abad, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that they may be closing in on a settlement with left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz filed at $5.7 million, while the Sox felt more comfortable at $3.6 million. The two are expected to meet somewhere in the middle to avoid an arbitration hearing later this winter.
The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.
Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.
The team has yet to confirm the deal.